2020 Regional Results Report of the UN System for Europe and Central Asia
Sustainable Development Goals
In the reporting period 2020, the entities of the regional United Nations system in Europe and Central Asia provided collective support and offered policy guidance and tools to address key sustainable development challenges in the region. As the regional UN system was transitioning to the new architecture of the Regional Collaborative Platform, it assisted member States as well as UN Country Teams in their support to governments to respond to the urgencies of the COVID-19 crisis. Moreover, several multi-agency Issue-based Coalitions – the substantive arms of the UN in the region – achieved results and supported decision-makers in crucial areas such as health and well-being; social protection; gender equality; youth and adolescents; migration, displacement and resilience; sustainable food systems; and environment and climate change. In addition, the UN entities in the region jointly contributed to regional intergovernmental processes and collaborated to advance digitalisation and data and statistics support. Substantive and operational support to Resident Coordinators and UN Country Teams as well as the rolling out of a significant number of new UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks were among the main priorities. The collaboration and provision of targeted support and expertise at the regional level, further strengthened through the repositioning of the regional UN development system, will remain a key element in accelerating progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals in the context of a sustainable COVID-19 recovery.